The Edexcel Level 3 Certificate extends the work-related focus of the Edexcel Level 3 Award and covers some of the knowledge and practical skills required for support staff roles that directly support teaching and learning. The Edexcel Level 3 Certificate offers an engaging programme for those who are clear about the vocational area they want to learn more about. These learners may wish to extend their programme through the study of a related GCSE, a complementary NVQ or other related vocational or personal and social development qualification. These learning programmes can be developed to allow learners to study complementary qualifications without duplication of content. For adult learners the Edexcel Level 3 Certificate can extend learner’s knowledge and understanding of work in a particular sector. It is a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career or move into a particular area of employment following a career break.

The Edexcel Level 3 qualifications in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) have been developed to give learners the opportunity to:  engage in learning that is relevant to them and which will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life  achieve a nationally recognised, Level 3 vocationally-related qualification  progress to employment in a particular vocational sector  progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications.